HDEC 102 - Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course examines methods of sound health, safety, and nutrition practice in Human Services and Education settings that involve the care and education of children from birth to eighteen years of age. Particular attention is given to the promotion and modelling of a healthy, safe environment through management and prevention of adverse situations. This course will encourage reflection of personal health, safety, and nutritional issues as they apply to Early Childhood Educators and Education Assistant professionals.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:
Admission to the Education Assistant or Early Childhood Education and Care programs (including Section “D” students as noted in the Admissions statement of the Completion Guide).





Course Content: - Health Promotion
- Occupational Wellness
- Prevention of Maltreatment
- Sustaining Wellness
- Nutritional Wellness
- Active Living Wellness
- Safety Wellness







Learning Outcomes:
A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Define the holistic concept of health and ways to maximize health potential
- Describe factors in illness prevention and management
- Plan, implement, and evaluate health, safety, and nutrition policies,and practices
- Develop an awareness of health, safety, and nutritional concerns for all children birth - 19
- Illustrate safe occupational health practices
- Identify and describe safe environments for children
- Define child abuse
- Describe methods of abuse prevention and the role of the professional
- Practice and model principles of sound health promotion practices
- Apply the ECEBC Code of Ethics
- Demonstrate a respectful appreciation for the importance of sensitivity and respect for the primary role of families


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100



Additional Course Comments: This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.
Function No. 1: Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
1-a: Ensure that the environment complies with or exceeds licensing requirements and/or report licensing related issues appropriately
1-a-1(a), 1-a-1(b), 1-a-3, 1-a-4, 1-a-6
1-b: Develop, implement and maintain policies that ensure the health and safety of all children
1-b-1, 1-b-2, 1-b-3(a), 1-b-3(b), 1-b-4(a), 1-b-4(b), 1-b-5, 1-b-6, 1-b-7, 1-b-8, 1-b-9
1-c: Design environments that meet the development and educational needs of children and ensure their health, safety and well-being
1-c-1, 1-c-2, 1-c-3. 1-c-4, 1-c-7
1-d: Comply with child protection responsibilities as outlined in legislation, regulations, protocols and court orders
1-d-1(a), 1-d-1(b), 1-d-2, 1-d-3(a), 1-d-3(b), 1-d-4, 1-d-5, 1-d-6
Function No. 2: Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs that meet the observed needs of children
2-c: Ensure that program and services reflect and respect diversity
2-c-1, 2-c-3, 2-c-5, 2-c-6,
2-d: Provide and/or access the supports that are required for the successful inclusion of each child
2-d-2, 2-d-7
2-e: Communicate with families about their child’s growth and development
2-e-1, 2-e-5
Function No. 3: Nurture children to promote positive development
3-a: Establish an emotionally safe and nurturing climate
Function No. 6: Develop yourself and contribute to the development of others to meet current and future needs
6-a: Plan and implement personal and professional development
6-a-1, 6-a-4, 6-a-5
Function No. 7: Contribute to the effective management and administration of child care services
7-a: Participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for all aspects of service administration and management
7-b: Contribute to an effective team to ensure the delivery of quality child care services
7-c: Implement good practice and current government child care related policies, programs and procedures






Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.